Amber Guyger and Botham Jean: my thoughts.

These white women tears are triggering as hell. That woman is a murderer & no victim, and the judge was way too lenient in her verdict.

However, I do consider it a sign of greatness that the brother forgave her. No, she didn’t deserve it, but it was not about her, but about HIS stature & character as a man.

Some time ago, an Indonesian imam also forgave the murderer of his son, who was African-American btw. Even the judge had a hard time containing her tears. Forgiveness is powerfull, not weak.

Btw, him forgiving her personally does NOT mean that she shouldn’t be punished legally in this world.

His forgiveness will come upon his scale, and her murder will come on hers.

(Another explanation: I am NOT a proponent of the theology that we shouldn’t worry about injustice in this world, because we will be rewarded in the next. This is why the prophet Muhammad, pbuh, prayed: “Our Lord, give us what is good in THIS WORLD AND IN THE NEXT”) May Allah reward the brother of the victim in this world in the next, and punish the murderer in this world and the next. (Her punishment in this world has already started…….thank God.)

Ten years is way too short a punishment for taking someone’s life. She should have gotten 30 years at least, or a life sentence.

I do believe that if it was the other way around, that if an African-American woman or man would have killed a white woman or man, they would NOT have gotten such a light punishment.

An Egyptian-American feminist, Mona Eltahawy once discussed on twitter how white and black suspects and offenders were portrayed.

The black men were only showed in mug shots and looking mad and they only talked about their records, while the white men were shown smiling in family pictures and the captions were about how tragic it was for THEM.

And yes, Guyger was being coddled to no end by the judge and the bailiff, and that was wrong.

A judge & bailiff should have professional distantion.

And yes, Guyger was/is trash trash: murdering a man, sexting with a married man days after doing so.

I believe in forgiveness, but as a Muslim I believe it is optional, and not mandatory as in Christianity. And I fully agree that that same energy/forgiveness should be for EVERYONE, and yes, especially for DS black women who are no murderers and have done relatively innocent things. If forgiveness is selective to race and gender, then it is problematic and then it is caping and muling.

This doesn’t only happen with black people, btw. A while ago, an Indonesian-American imam forgave the African-American murderer of his son and hugged him in public during his trial.

Even if this man wasn’t into black people or didn’t march for blackĀ  women, he deserves to be defended. He had the right to live and his life was taken from him. We should empathize with everyone: We shouldn’t empathize with his mother because he was black ( or, the other, self-hating way around, only empathize with someone because they’re white), but because he or she is/was a human being.

Would he have been a colorist criminal, then that would be a different case. I would still believe in his right to live, but would not cape for him.

I agree that the judge & bailiff were way out of line. They had no professional distance, and probably DID suffer from internalized anti-blackness. Like I said, I do believe in forgiveness, but if this forgiveness is selective to race and gender, and only for white women or white men, it is internalized anti-blackness, caping and muling. IMO, the forgiveness is not wrong, but the selectiveness is racist and disgusting.

All in all, if this proves anything, it is just how deep anti-black racism & internalized anti-blackness are ingrained in the criminal justice system, and sadly enough, in African-American people themselves.